Wichita police warn of fake oxycodone pills containing fentanyl

Posted: Updated:
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police say counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl that have made their way into the city and surrounding areas pose a great risk to the public. 

Capt. Jeff Allen said Friday morning that the pills appear from their markings to be legitimate, but they were confirmed to contain fentanyl, a potentially fatal drug. The department's Special Investigations Bureau confirmed two cases with pills seized in the city. 

"The counterfeit pills are being sold as Oxycodone pills and the consumer is unaware that the pills may contain Fentanyl," Capt. Allen said in a news release. "Fentanyl is a highly dangerous drug and can be up to 30-50 times more powerful than heroin and small amounts ingested can be fatal."

Wichita police suspect the counterfeit pills containing may be responsible for overdoses and overdose deaths in Sedgwick County over the past few months. Investigators have also received information about seizures of the counterfeit pills in various surrounding counties. 

"This does pose a great risk to the public," Allen said.

Police remind residents that any narcotic or prescription drug not purchased with a doctor's prescription at a legitimate pharmacy should be considered unsafe and could potentially contain fentanyl or other harmful substances.

If you believe a person has overdosed on fentanyl, call 911 immediately, administer Narcan right away if available, and start rescue breathing. 

Anyone with information about the illegal use or sale of any drug is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111. Those needing help with addiction should call Sedgwick County COMCARE Addiction Treatment Services at (316) 660-1100. 

  • NEWSNewsMore>>

  • Democrats unveil 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump

    Democrats unveil 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump

    Democrats have announced two articles of impeachment charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 

    Democrats have announced two articles of impeachment charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 

  • Passageways seeking input on "veterans neighborhood" project

    Passageways seeking input on "veterans neighborhood" project

    Passageways seeking input on "veterans neighborhood" project

    Passageways seeking input on "veterans neighborhood" project

  • Man shot to death outside of motel

    Man shot to death outside of motel

    A man is killed in a shooting outside a Wichita motel and police have arrested a suspect. Police were called around 11:45 p.m. Monday to the Countryside Inn after a man was shot inside of a vehicle. Captain Wendell Nicholson, with the Wichita Police Department, said a man in his 30's was found shot one time near a vehicle. He died at the scene. Nicholson said a review of surveillance cameras found a suspect approached the man in a vehicle, opened fire once and ran to another mote...

    A man is killed in a shooting outside a Wichita motel and police have arrested a suspect. Police were called around 11:45 p.m. Monday to the Countryside Inn after a man was shot inside of a vehicle. Captain Wendell Nicholson, with the Wichita Police Department, said a man in his 30's was found shot one time near a vehicle. He died at the scene. Nicholson said a review of surveillance cameras found a suspect approached the man in a vehicle, opened fire once and ran to another mote...